Australian centres/institutions that offer Applied Linguistics, Linguistics or TESOL programs*

(this list may not be complete)

Thor May, 2004

ð     Notes on studying and living in Australia are at the end of this list.

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* this list is adapted and added to with thanks from a list put out by the Australian Society of Applied Linguistics

Western Australia

Edith Cowan University, Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Research

Edith Cowan University, Centre for Applied Language Research

Curtin University, School of Language and Intercultural Education

University of Western Australia, Faculty of Arts

South Australia

University of South Australia - Centre for Applied Linguistics

University of Adelaide, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Monash University, Faculty of Arts

University of Melbourne - Language Testing Research Centre (LTRC)

University of Melbourne - Department of Applied Linguistics and  Languages

La Trobe University, Office of Business Development, Language


Macquarie University, Department of Linguistics

Macquarie University, National Centre for English Language Teaching & Research

Macquarie University - Department of European Languages

University of Sydney, Department of Linguistics

University of Western Sydney, School of Language & Linguistics

University of Technology, Sydney, Department of Education

University of NSW, Department of Linguistics  [Acrobat  pdf format]

University of Newcastle, Faculty of Education and Arts

University of Newcastle, School of Language and Media 

University of New England

University of Wollongong, Department of Education


Australian National University,  Graduate School

University of Canberra, Division of Communication & Education


University of  Queensland, Faculty of Arts,Contacts,Units,Maps,Events,Programs2003,Services,FAQs,Shortcuts,hupp&q2=&c2=

Griffith University, Centre for Applied Linguitics and Languages (CALL),

Queensland University of Technology, School of Cultural and Language Studies in Education, TESOL and LOTE Programs

University of Southern Queensland, Centre for Language Learning and Teaching

Northern Territory

Charles Darwin University, Faculty of Education, Health and Science

Notes on studying & living in Australia  :

  1. Map of Australia (political); map of Australia (physical); World Fact Book information about Australia

  2. Almost all Australian universities are national. That is they are government owned and funded. There are only one  or two private universities. There are many private colleges teaching English as a second language, but they do not grant degrees.

  3. Study inquiries may be made directly to the university departments listed above.

  4. Non-English speaking background students may have to pass the IELTS language test. This is rather similar to the TOEIC test required for American universities. IELTS is administered in South Korea and other countries by the IDP (International Development Program, Australia). In South Korea, there are IDP-Korea offices in Seoul and Busan.

  5. Australian Embassies in various countries contain information for overseas students. Go to the Australian Embassy website in the country where you are living. Here is the Australian Embassy in South Korea :

  6. Australia has a youth exchange agreement with certain countries, including South Korea and Japan. Under this scheme, young people under 30 years of age can go to Australia to travel, work or study for one year. They are free to do what they like. Young Australians can similarly come to these exchange countries. The visa is called a ‘working holiday visa’. If you are thinking of studying in Australia, going there first on a working holiday visa is a good way to become familiar with the environment before choosing a region and university. It is an excellent way to improve English language skills also.

  7. On a student visa, it is possible to work for a certain number of hours every week to help with expenses; (if you work more than the allowed number of hours your visa will be cancelled. This is checked regularly!). Sydney and Melbourne are the biggest cities, and by far the easiest to obtain work in. There is some work available in the smaller cities, but it is sometimes difficult to find.

  8. Before marriage, most young Australians share a private house with some friends (usually one person per bedroom). In this way, the rent is affordable. Renting a house usually requires a deposit of one month’s rent in advance only. If you share a house with young Australians, obviously your  English will improve rapidly, and you will be invited to join in with Australian social activities. You will be expected to do your share of the house cleaning etc. The Sydney Morning Herald has many advertisements on Saturdays from people wanting to share houses, and university service offices also maintain lists. Accommodation is cheaper and the pace of life is more relaxed in the smaller Australian cities.

  9. Because Australians mostly live in houses, not apartments, Australian cities are very big geographically, so travel times  can be significant; (Sydney is about 75km north-south, and about 50km east-west). Public transport is expensive. Buses and trains to many areas may only come every half hour, or even every hour. Most Australians own cars; (old cars are easy to buy).

  10.  Australian society is extremely multicultural, especially in the big cities. Most people judge you by your personality, not your nationality or race. Australians are very direct (they usually say what they think), but also honest and friendly. As everywhere in the world, there are a few people who don’t like foreigners, but they are a very small minority and are unlikely to cause you any trouble. In daily life, people expect you to look them in the eye, and say exactly what you want in a friendly manner. Then you will get a lot of help!

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